i have always been attracted to the sinister and macabre humor of edward gorey (1925-2000)… to me he is more than an illustrator or gothic inspiration… his work exemplifies something i can really identify with:

What I’m really interested in is everyday life. It’s dreadfully hazardous. I never could understand why people always feel they have to climb up Mount Everest when you know it’s quite dangerous getting out of bed.

I really think I write about everyday life. I don’t think I’m quite as odd as others say I am. Life is intrinsically, well, boring and dangerous at the same time. At any given moment the floor may open up. Of course, it almost never does; that’s what makes it so boring.